China-Russia team challenges US-Japan militarization of space

President Xi Jinping of China said in April that China is capable of responding to the militarization of space by the United States and other countries. In the meantime, Xi is committed to allocating more budget so that the military has the power to counter threats posed by various space deployments.

Russia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in the area of satellite navigation. The countries plan to build the GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Beidou Navigation Satellite System in each other’s territory.

The Russian Federal Space Agency has requested permission to build eight ground stations in the United States, which was rejected by the country citing national security concerns. However, the United States has set up more than ten ground stations for GPS in Russia. Russia announced in May that it will suspend military signals to be sent through the stations in Russia from June 1 and plans to completely shut down the stations from Sept. 1 if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.

Additionally, China and Russia will cooperate in areas, such as terrestrial GPS reception equipment and other related infrastructure. Such cooperation will improve the development and application of long-range precision weapons that require satellite positioning and navigation and will also shatter the market structure of the US GPS-led precision guided weapons.

A new world in which a China-Russia guided weapon system competes with a US-Japan guided weapon system will likely be formed as a result.

Full article: China-Russia team challenges US-Japan militarization of space (Want China Times)

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